A partnership involving Viridor has been backed by the Government to develop an innovative energy storage project at the company’s landfill site in Canterbury, Kent
Viridor and Highview Power Storage have been awarded over £8m as part of a competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to support energy storage technology research and development.
Highview Power Storage develops liquid air energy storage systems (Laes) and will build and operate a 5MW/15MWh demonstration project with Viridor.
The funding will help develop a technology to store air in a liquid format, which can then be used to supply electricity at times of high demand.
The technology will be connected to the National Grid, and will be used to test the balancing of supply and demand using stored energy.
In addition to providing energy storage, the Laes plant will convert waste heat to power using heat from the on-site landfill gas engines. The project is scheduled to be operational by mid-2015.
Energy and Climate Change minister Greg Barker said: “Storing energy will become increasingly important in the move towards a low carbon economy, and has the potential to save the energy system over £4bn by 2050.”
Viridor’s landfill energy director Ian Morrish said: “With ever growing pressure on natural resources, it is essential that we develop innovative and sustainable methods to generate and store energy not only to cut down our carbon footprint but to ensure long-term energy security.
“Innovation has been at the heart of successful businesses in Britain and it is great news that the government recognises and supports its development.”